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3rd ANNUAL MEDICAL FAIR
September 5 - 7, 2014
The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals in association with The Georgia Board for Physician Workforce & The Georgia Rural Health Association is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Medical Fair September 5th - 7th at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria.
Complimentary registrations are available for practicing physicians, residents in GME program and medical students.
Ga. turns failing hospitals into stand-alone ERs to keep EMS
Legislators backed the rule change in an attempt to maintain services in rural communities that, without a hospital, may otherwise be left with no emergency care
By Ray Henry
The Associated Press
May 19, 2014
MONTEZUMA, Ga. - As rural hospitals struggle, Georgia is letting stand-alone emergency rooms treat people in the countryside who would otherwise have to drive far away when they break an arm, need stitches or have a baby.
The state agency that licenses medical facilities changed its rules this year to allow a rural hospital that's failing or has already closed in the last year to scale back its operations and reopen as a freestanding emergency room. Before, emergency departments were only allowed at full-service hospitals that fulfilled criteria including having inpatient beds and other expensive requirements.
U.S. Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced the Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act, R-HoPE. The comprehensive rural health care legislation would address a number of workforce, payment and regulatory policies in an effort to facilitate the delivery of primary, acute and emergency care across rural America. NRHA commends the senators for their efforts and encourages the Senate to act on this legislation quickly.
I grew up in a small rural village in Thailand with less than 500 people. The village was located approximately 2-3 hours from the city. Growing up, I was under the impression that dentists only pull and straighten teeth. I had no idea that they do more than just extractions and orthodontic treatments. For 13 years, I had only seen a dentist once for an extraction. The only reason I even visited the dentist was because my parents and brother had a difficult time pulling one of my teeth. There were many methods of pulling teeth in my childhood. Whether it was tying my tooth to a door knob or pretending to fall out of a swing, I tried them all. Sometimes these methods worked and sometimes they didn't.